Over on Giz UK, James O’Malley points out that Jodie Whittaker isn’t the first female Doctor Who. That honour goes to Sapphire-studded Bond-Avengers girl Joanna Lumley putting in an absolutely fabulous turn for the Moffat Manifesto, commonly known as The Curse of Fatal Death. I’m sure there is a message hidden in there somewhere. What if I play it backwards?

The 1999 Comic Relief Special has Hugh Grant’s Doctor make a surprise regeneration into Lumley, scaring his fiance off, and walking away for some kosmic kink with a Sparrow-shaped Master. James suggests this makes Jodie the second female Doctor Who. Except ...

David Tennant’s old landlady and Fast Show star Arabella Weir got in on the act for a 2003 Big Finish audio drama, Exile, part of their Doctor Who Unbound range. This tale has Arabella as an alt-Second Doctor hiding out in a supermarket to evade the Time Lords after The War Games. I’ll let Setsuled tells us whether Arabella’s bum looks big in the TARDIS. Presumably she’s different with men?

All the Doctor has to do to avoid being caught by the Time Lords is work in a supermarket and go to the pub. It’s a cunning plan - certainly far less dangerous than fighting the dreaded Quarks and all those other alien fiends.

But just when everything seemed mundane and safe, alien transmissions, exploding poison gas, Princess Anne and wobbly trolleys burst onto the scene to ruin everything. It’s a crisis! A fiendish alien plot! And the Doctor must use all the resources at her disposal to defeat it. She’ll probably need to have a large vodka first, though.

Arabella was, of course, one of the space parkies in the Doctor Who Christmas special, The Widow and The Wardrobe. And in Posh Nosh, her dipso husband was played by Nth Doctor Richard E Grant.

So Jodie is actually the third female Doctor Who. Unless you count that night Kate O’Mara understudied Jon Pertwee on Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure ...?

UPDATE:

That’s a Sly looking hat.

Over on Down the Tubes, John Freeman recounts the origin of the female Doctor who materialised in the Doctor Who comic strip that appeared in issues 8 and 9 of Marvel’s Incredible Hulk Presents, a short-lived anthology weekly. Who’s That Girl was written by Transformers guru Simon Furman, drawn by John Marshall and inked by Stephen Baskerville and initially appeared to feature a female Doctor. Oooops! Spoilers!

Down The Tubes also have an art competition for anyone feeling creatively inspired.

https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/exile-367